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  1. Go for what you want and mitigate risk with a smart backup strategy when the time comes.
  2. While, I get that you are passionate about family medicine, and I agree, its a great speciality for many reasons, I feel you are painting a bit of an unfair picture of most specialties and grouping many into a single category when thats not in fact the reality. Despite the positive elements of FM that you presented here, I personally would not find any job satisfaction in doing that day to day. Even with a good lifestyle and work-life balance (which some might argue is even better in some specialities), it is important to be happy with the work you do day to do and not just get by because its an easier path. More than half of graduates still pursue a field that is not family medicine, and majority of those do not do so for the "prestige" or "income potential". Feeling the need to impress tends to subside with time, and while the path to practice is certainly longer for other specialties, it's important to ultimately do something you are happy doing. If that is FM then great, but if not, it's important to know that it's not all bad as presented above. I am in a 5-year speciality that likely wont REQUIRE a fellowship for a job down the road, and I can say I don't feel limited to ANY of what the response above has mentioned (limited to one body system, working in a place I don't want to, bad work-life balance, need to impress attendings, scrambling for research, etc.) Important to have a balanced opinion when making a decision.
  3. You don't have to keep an exact number of hours, and there is no official website. The way some applications are structured, they ask for the total number of hours for each activity. But if its a long-term commitment I would just estimate based on the average number of hours per week x duration of activity. Ideally your contact/verifier will vouch for you should the schools contact them, but they won't directly ask for "proof". I never kept track exactly.
  4. Makes no difference. Just be careful that whatever you doesn't come off as "voluntourism". They wont ask to see a certificate.
  5. Not an expert in the field, but PHPM likely will not give you this experience.
  6. Using a highlighter. Usually yellow as they come in a large multi-pack for $2.99.
  7. After your regular clinical duties (except post-call usually). You make time. Usually you make the most time in the immediate pre-exam period.
  8. I think whats important to realize here, that not a lot of applicants truly understand when they start applying, is that it takes more than GPA, MCAT, and CASPER to make you a successful medical student and doctor. Just because those are the current entry requirements, they are far from perfect in selecting candidates who will be successful. Applicants need to also be ready from a maturity and personal experience perspective as well. Training for this profession is unlike any other in that it will test your mental, emotional and psychological strength. Unfortunately, I know many medical students who were not mature enough or truly ready for this when they started. You sabotaging your own applications and going through this relationship is an important life lesson that I would argue was more important prep for medical school than your grades. You know now how to process emotional connection and relationships in a healthy way and hopefully be more prepared when your next relationship comes at a time in your life when the stress is 100x what it was as a pre-med. Those years off were necessary for you to be ready for med school and will ultimately make you more successful. Looking back at my own experience. When i was rejected through my first two cycles, I was nowhere near ready to start this journey. I needed those extra few years to mature, learn how to process failure, and mature in a way that ultimately led me to be successful through med school, CaRMS, and now residency. I wish more people would fail along their journey, not because I don't want them to succeed, but because a lot of successful candidates need to mature and learn a bit about life, struggles, and be less naive before entering medical school as a young 2nd/3rd year undergrad. Don't stress your path. It will make you a better person and doctor in the long run.
  9. Oops. Just realized it's the same person who posted in another thread that I annoyingly answered already. I'm done here.
  10. I understand gunning for 1 super competitive specialty, but why 3? You won't physically have enough time to make yourself competitive enough to succeed in any including your back-up. That just seems like a bad idea and I don't think it would matter if you back-up or not.
  11. You need to chill. This is how you get people in medical school (including other students and residents/staff) to not like you. It is important to have some sense of direction, but trying to plan 1 specialty, let alone 3 before even starting medical school is futile. Most students who enter med school thinking they know what they want to do end up switching (myself included). Based on the 3 (4) specialties you have listed, I gather you have absolutely no experience or idea what they actually involve on a day-to-day basis. To answer your original question, it is possible to "gun" for those 3 specialities, but your likelihood of success and happiness in each will not be high. As others have suggested, take the first year or 2 to get acclimated and explore ALL specialties. You never know what you will like until you get experience doing the bread and butter (read: clerkship) for weeks at a time. The fact you haven't even entered medical school yet makes me wonder why I'm even spending my time answering this post... Breathe or its gonna be a shitty 4 years for you..
  12. You can check out some of my past posts for my strong positive opinions on MAM. I obviously can't comment on other schools.
  13. It can change year to year so usually it is not available until the year you have to pay it. All 4 years are similar in terms of cost (within 1-2K of each other).
  14. Just try to enjoy your summer and relax. Don't think about school. Don't think about medicine. At some point you will have to think about the above as noted, and complete the registration requirements they send you (usually includes police check, vaccination records, etc.), but otherwise just stay safe and be happy.
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